Cultural Crash Courses

Join local experts for Folkmoot’s new series, Cultural Crash Courses, featuring lectures on a variety of current cultural issues, including global politics, race, immigration, gender, climate change, technology and multiculturalism. Content will be presented as a 45-minute community lecture followed by questions, answers and discussion. Doors open at 5:30pm, lecture begins at 6pm. Participants are welcome to bring a “picnic” dinner. Beverages will be available.
Tickets are $10 in advance.


September 18

Dr. Christina L. Reitz discusses the compositional history of Jennifer Higdon’s opera Cold Mountain, a musical adaptation of Charles Frazier’s award winning novel of the same name, which is set near Waynesville during the Civil War. The opera received its premiere at Santa Fe Opera in 2015 and Opera Philadelphia performed it in 2016. North Carolina Opera and Minnesota Opera followed in 2017 and 2018. Reitz’s analysis will focus on the uniquechallenges of adapting the original work “from page to stage.”

November 13

While immigration is currently at the center of policy debates, little attention has been given as to how and why refugees flee their home countries and make the journey into the unknown. From Syria to El Salvador, Dr. Cyndy Caravelis, Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Western Carolina University, will discuss the formal and informal processes of a refugee’s journey towards resettlement.